Throat Singing in Kangirsuk Premieres at the 2019 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

(Park City, UT) – January 14th, 2019.  Produced by Wapikoni, Throat Singing in Kangirsuk, a Canadian documentary by first-time Indigenous filmmakers, Eva Kaukai and Manon Chamberland makes its World Premiere as part of the Shorts Selection at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.


In this short film, Kaukai and Chamberland practice the art of throat singing in their native land. Their hypnotic performance intertwines with vast aerial shots of Kangirsuk, captured by drone over the four seasons in the Artic. As the song progresses, the spectacular visuals unite with their pulsating rhythmical performance, which culminates in a profound unison between their Inuit roots and the territory.


Official trailer:


“In our culture, throat singing is a form of song where we imitate the sound of nature or animals. It is a traditional game between two women where we try to make each other laugh!” says co-director & protagonist Eva Kaukai.


“Throat singing also has a history amongst our people to be expression and exchange of emotion (stress, hunger, loneliness, happiness) and especially during arranged marriages for women,” adds co-director & protagonist Manon Chamberland.


Eva Kaukai (18) was born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik and Manon Chamberland (17) in Montreal, Quebec. Both presently live in the Inuit community of Payne Bay. Thanks to a Wapikoni stopover in Kangirsuk, they were able to learn how to use sound and video to express their reality, their culture and their attachment to the land through throat singing. Kaukai wants to explore themes that connect Land, Animal and Person. Similarly, Chamberland wants to delve into experiences that draw from the relationship of Language, Identity and Culture. Throat Singing in Kangirsuk is their first film and they make their World Premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

“The Sundance Film Festival provides a platform to young up-and-coming voices out of the First Nations and Inuit communities, such as Eva Kaukai and Manon Chamberland, thus contributing to the awareness of the patrimonial traditions of a new generation of Indigenous filmmakers,” adds producer Manon Barbeau, the co-founder of Wapikoni.


Landscape in the Nunavik. Photo by: Simon Theriault



Friday, January 24th @ 6:30pm

Redstone Cinema, 6030 North Market St, Park City, Utah

In the presence of the directors and Wapikoni team


Saturday, January 26th @ 9pm

Park Avenue Theatre, 1800 Park Ave, Park City, Utah

In the presence of the directors and Wapikoni team


Sunday, January 27th @ 3pm

Broadway Centre Cinema 6, 111 E Broadway, Salt Lake City, Utah

In the presence of the directors and Wapikoni team


Thursday, January 31 @ 6pm

Park Avenue Theatre, 1800 Park Ave, Park City, Utah


Produced by Manon Barbeau, Throath Singing in Kangirsuk is distributed byWapikoni.

Starring Eva Kaukai and Manon Chamberland as themselves, the short film is co-directed by them and the Wapikoni team. Camera by Saviluk Thomassie,Emilie Baillargeon and Clark Ferguson. Drone Shots by Johnny Nassak. Sound Recording and Youth Outreach by Simon Thériault. Original Music by Eva Kaukai and Manon Chamberland. Filmmaker-Mentors: Clark Ferguson, Émilie Baillargeon and Virginia Fernandez. Filmmaker Assistant: Olivia Lya Thomassie.


About Wapikoni

Founded by the Atikamekw Nation Council, the First Nations Youth Council of Quebec and Labrador, and filmmaker Manon Barbeau, Wapikoni is a travelling audio-visual and musical creation studio dedicated to Indigenous Youth. Since 2004, Wapikoni has visited 28 nations and accompanied thousands of participants who worked to direct over 1150 short films translated into several languages. These films have received almost 170 awards and honours at national and international festivals and events. Last September, Wapikoni was awarded the 50th-anniversary medal by the Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie. Wapikoni became an official UNESCO partner in 2017.


To find out more about Throat Singing in Kangirsuk and thousand of other Indiginous films produced by Wapikoni, visit the official website


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